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Food between Penn Station and Javits Center

Going to Comic-Con tomorrow with 2 teenagers. Any suggestions on where to grab a decent breakfast (pancakes,eggs, etc) somewhere between Penn Station and our walk to the Javits Center. We'll arrive at Penn Station around 9:30am; Comic-Con opens at Noon.

Oct 08, 2014
kavikat in Manhattan

Chinese Celery in Persian Stew?

Thanks! Made the stew with about 2/3 as much of the Chinese celery as I would normal celery. Definitely a stronger taste and much more aromatic. I think for this particular dish, regular celery is better.

Oct 07, 2014
kavikat in Home Cooking

Chinese Celery in Persian Stew?

Picked up some Chinese celery in Flushing yesterday. Smells like regular celery but stems are much longer and thinner. Also, there is an abundant amount of leaves attached. Does anyone know if I can cook it the same as regular celery? Specifically, I want to make a Persian dish called Koresh Karafs (celery stew). Thanks!!

Oct 06, 2014
kavikat in Home Cooking

Chinese groceries?

Thanks everyone! Went to V&T in Hempstead and found the Chinese sweet sausage I was craving. Also got some Chinese candies/sweets I haven't had in years! ;-)
The place is big and has a huge selection of Chinese groceries that H Mart doesn't carry. They had a decent selection of Thai and Hispanic groceries as well (but sadly no Kaffir lime leaves!).

Chinese groceries?

Can anyone recommend a good Chinese grocer in/near North shore of Nassau County? I am mainly in need of sauces and Chinese sausages.
Thanks!

Mashawa recipe?

Anyone have an authentic recipe for Mashawa? It's an Afghan soup made with beans and meat, served with a yogurt sauce. Found a couple recipes on the web but was hoping someone has a good one to share.
Thanks!

May 08, 2013
kavikat in Home Cooking

Changing cake pan sizes

My go-to chocolate cake recipe is the Double Chocolate Layer cake from Epicuirious (with a few tweaks!). I always make it in the 2 10" round pans called for. But instead of layers, I want to make this as a sheet cake next time. Any ideas on how big a pan I need? Thanks!

Jan 31, 2013
kavikat in Home Cooking

Whole Foods cupcake recipe?

Recently had a vanilla cupcake from Whole Foods -- it was just what I like in a cake! Dense, moist, flavorful -- the frosting was not even needed. Does anyone know what type of cake it is? Or even better, have a recipe that will produce a cake with a similar texture? I've tried lots of cake recipes in the past but nothing I've made has ever been so dense and moist... Thanks!

Dec 15, 2011
kavikat in Home Cooking

Steel cut oats - rancid?

I used a brand new package of McCann's brand. The short-cut instructions said to half cook them this way and them leave them, covered, overnight. Now that I'm checking the box again, even the raw oats smell a little rancid.
I'm going to toss the box and go back to my Quaker Oaks -- never had a problem with them, just that I heard so much about steel-cut and wanted to taste what all the fuss was about! Thanks for your responses....

Apr 10, 2011
kavikat in General Topics

Steel cut oats - rancid?

Made steel cut oats for the first time. Used the overnight method -- brought water to a boil, turned off heat, added oats. This morning, added some milk and cooked for another 10 minutes or so. Added sugar -- and found the oats had a off flavor. I'd almost say they tasted slightly rancid -- like oil smells when it's too old. Is this possible? I checked the package (it was brand new and the plastic was sealed) and it hasn't expired. I've been eating/cooking Quaker oats for years and never noticed this taste/smell. Did I get a bad batch or do steel cut oats always smell this way?

Apr 10, 2011
kavikat in General Topics

Capers??? - moved from Home Cooking board

What, exactly, are capers? Growing up here in the USA, I frequently encounter them in restaurants (and love them!). However, having grown up in an Asian household, have never seen them in their "natural" state....

In the grocery store, some bottles say 'nonpareill' (excuse the spelling!) and other bottles don't. What's the difference? How do you know which to buy? Are bigger capers better or smaller ones? Imported better than produced in USA? HELP!!

thanks!

Dec 15, 2008
kavikat in General Topics

enchilada sauce

Does anyone have a good recipe for enchilada sauce? I have tried Emeril's sauce but found the consistency too thick and it just didn't taste that great either... Any suggestions would be appreciated!

Oct 01, 2008
kavikat in Home Cooking

I never eat _______ out because nobody makes it right but me.

I love my own steak too -- i marinade in teriyaki sauce, garlic powder, pepper or sliced fresh chilis, and sliced onions. This is how my mom always made it and nothing compares!

Apr 24, 2008
kavikat in Home Cooking

Good chinese in Huntington, LI?

Haven't been there in a while, but Jaiya Thai in Hicksville was always good (and they make it spicy!). We love Masala Wok, our favorites are the hakka noodles, chili chicken and cilantro chicken (I think that's what they call it). There's an appetizer I love but I can't remember the name -- basically drumsticks stuffed with crabmeat -- yummm!

Also try Dosa Hut -- south India vegetarian food that's very tasty and not overly greasy like a lot of the other places in the area...

Best Egg Recipes

I frequently had a Persian dish called 'kuku' at a friend's house while in college. I don't have a recipe but it consists of eggs and lots (I mean lots!) of chopped herbs. It was also served as part of a traditonal Persian New Years dinner consisting of kuku, rice with herbs and some sort of fish (i think it was whitefish, but I can't remember).

Apr 10, 2008
kavikat in Home Cooking

Who loves coffee milk?

I first tried it as a kid at a friend's house (late 70's). She would stir instant coffee and sugar in a glass of (cold) milk. I thought it was weird back then, but I love it now. I heat the milk in the microwave with the coffee and sugar (it would probably be even better if if brought to a boil in a pan, but I'm far too lazy to wash an extra pan!). Even my kids drink it as a 'treat' with their Saturday morning bagels...

Never heard of the syrups...

how to doctor up brownies from a box??

Start with the Ghiradelli brownie mix. I too prefer to bake from scratch but these are so good, I haven't made my own since I discovered these!

Feb 07, 2008
kavikat in Home Cooking

Your Dish Is Unwelcome Here

It is a cultural thing. Among South Asians (Sindhis, anyway), it is unheard of to show up a a dinner party empty-handed. It is considered rude not to offer to bring something. If the hosts decline, I would NEVER show up with less than a bottle of (good) wine and some chocolates. Although whiskey is more traditional!

I once brought a beautiful (expensive!), low-maintance plant to a housewarming dinner (the hostess had mentioned on a previous occaisiona how she loved all the plants in my home). If I had handed her a box of worms, she couldn't have looked more shocked! Among some peopole, 'creative' is not appreciated!

Feb 04, 2008
kavikat in Features

looking for a spinach bread bowl dip recipe?

If you have access to Costco, try the spinach dip they carry. I don't know the name but it's probably the same one at all stores. It is truly the best I've ever eaten. Everyone I know who has tried it feels the same way -- even my Aunt who caterers and is an incredible cook!

Jan 17, 2008
kavikat in Home Cooking

Your favorite 'Cake Bible' recipe?

I've only made the Chocolate Domingo cake so far, but it became my favorite chocolate cake on first bite! No frosting is needed, just decorate with a stencil and some powdered sugar.

Jan 17, 2008
kavikat in Home Cooking

Good Soup Cookbooks

I want to try my hand at making homemade soups this winter. Can you make some cookbook recommendations? I prefer rich, complex flavors -- light, brothy soups I can improvise! Thanks!

Dec 18, 2007
kavikat in Home Cooking

Good Italian Deli and Bakery in Nassau

Is Razzannos in Glen Cove the same as the Razzannos that used to be in Port Washington/Manorhaven? I still miss their salads (the chickpea was too die for and such great eggplant parm! I would make the trip to Glen Cove for it...

Recipes for fish using fresh lemongrass?

I was just given 3 stalks of fresh lemongrass by my neighbor. I would like to use it for dinner tonight. I was thinking of some sort of fish -- but not fried. Does anyone have a good recipe?

Thanks

Oct 05, 2007
kavikat in Home Cooking

spam recipes?

My uncle's wife is originally from the mountains of Tennessee -- she claims to have grown up talking just like Gomer Pyle (i know, i'm dating myself here!). Anyway, she used to fry thick slices of Spam in butter and make sandwiches on rolls spread with lots of Miracle Whip, lettuce and tomato. We loved it as kids!

Sep 26, 2007
kavikat in Home Cooking

Recipe for Persian dish called "adas pollo"?

My best friend in college was Persian and her mom is an excellent cook. I love eating at their house! Try the following website: http://personal.ee.surrey.ac.uk/Perso...

Also, check out cookbooks by Najmieh Batmanglij -- my friend says her recipes are authentic. Just a hint -- you MUST use a good basmati rice when making Persian dishes. A good brand is Lal Quila (Red Fort) and can be found at Persian, Indian and Pakistani markets. Another good one is Golden Temple brand, but is it relatively expensive.

Sep 13, 2007
kavikat in Home Cooking

Tasty marinade for chicken on the grill...

Thanks for the suggestions! I decided to go with the Unbelievable Chicken Marinade. It's quited different from any marinade I've tried before so I really had no choice -- variety being the spice of life and all that! ;)

Sep 01, 2007
kavikat in Home Cooking

Easy Salmon Recipe for the oven?

I don't remember where I got this recipe but it's been getting rave reviews for several years now. Even my young children and many of their friends like it!

I do this for salmon fillets with the skin on. Place several rosemary sprigs in an oven dish. Place sliced red onion over the rosemary. Lay your salmon on this "bed", which should be about the size of your fish fillet. Cut about half-way to the skin into portion-size pieces. Season with s&p. Lay fresh rosemary sprigs into the cuts. Lay more sprigs crosswise to the cuts. Place peeled, thinly sliced fresh lemon on top of fish&rosemary. Drizzle lightly with olive oil (I usually skip this). If you like your salmon not quite done in the center, roast at 450 for about 15 min. If you like it cooked through, bake at 350 for about 20 min. I serve it with couscous made with chickpeas and raisins.

Sep 01, 2007
kavikat in Home Cooking

Tasty marinade for chicken on the grill...

Check the Epicurious website for the Vegetable Couscous Paella -- I up the amount
of garlic and skip the artichoke hearts.

The bean salad is a variation of something my sister-in-law makes. Here's my basic recipe: Drain and mix one can each of red kidney beans, chickpeas, and corn. Add to this the following veggies, all finely chopped: 3 stalks celery, 4 scallions, 1 large tomato, big handful of cilantro (leaves and stems), 1/2 red onion. Top with a dressing of: 4T olive oil, 3T regular vinegar, 1T balsamic vinegar, 1t pressed garlic, 1/2 t mustard powder, 1/2t sugar, juice of 1/2 a lemon and salt.
I like to make it a couple of hours before serving so that the flavors blend.

I don't know what's in the Costco spinach dip. I served it 2 years ago as part of my Thanksgiving Day apps and my Aunt who is an incredible cook and does private caterering wanted my "recipe" -- let me tell you she was shocked to find out it was store-bought (the only thing that was, as I believe in a 'from scratch' Thanksgiving!).

Aug 31, 2007
kavikat in Home Cooking

Soda in high end restaurant?

I don't like the taste of alcoholic beverages -- mixed drinks, wine, champange -- i just don't care for any of it. I order a regular soda if we're at a higher end restaurant and everyone else is drinkning. Otherwise, i usually just drink the water on the table (I don't care for Pelligrino and that ilk either!)

The South Asian cultures have no problem with people not drinking alcohol with meals.

Aug 31, 2007
kavikat in Not About Food

Tasty marinade for chicken on the grill...

I'm have a bbq on Sunday for about 20 adults (the 16 kids will have pizza as part of the birthday party beforehand and will probably just nibble on the bbq stuff).

There'll be 3 different Indian (i.e. spicy) apps, spinach dip (Costco's is to die for!), a bean/corn/onion/cilantro salad, a green salad, couscous paella, hamburgers, veggie burgers and grilled chicken.

Can anyone suggest a really tasty marinade for the chicken? I'm thinking legs and thighs as they tend not to dry out the way breast meat can --my hubby is manning the grill and he's not a cook... I don't want it to be spicy but it does have to be very tasty. My guests range from my Friday's loving neighbors (don't eat anything overly spicy), a few Indian vegetarians, and several real foodies!

Aug 31, 2007
kavikat in Home Cooking